If you have been reading my blog for a long time then you will know that I am the blonde Snow White. I am really fair and only found myself adventuring into bronzing and contouring early last year. Any kind of colour on my face scares the hell out of me incase I end up looking like an Oompa Loompa. Infact, I remember once when I was an early teen I got a tanning product free in a magazine and it's safe to say it was far too dark for me and I didn't end up leaving the house until it faded. Cringe!
OCC (Organic Colour Care) are a beauty brand based in Ireland founded by two hair professionals, Ronan Stewart and Connor Grant. When they got in touch asking if I would like to try out a tanning product, instantly I thought of that horrific week as a teenager but then saw they have different shades available for different skin tones.
Browsing the website led me to believe that the products are created with such passion and thought out plans i.e offering a lighter shade for fairer skin tones. This is something I struggle to see in the over saturated beauty market who only ever seem to offer orange and muddy toned tanning products which I simply cannot use.
I tried out the Conscience Clear Tan in Light after bathing. As a first time try I decided to 'trial' it out on only my legs incase it went horrifically wrong then I could hide away in jeans for a week and no one would have to know!
The strange thing about this tan in particular is that it's a liquid which is something I was a little unsure about as I thought all tanning products were in cream or mousse form. However, it's free from harsh chemicals and made with organic ingredients; something I strongly support! I was also provided with the official OCC tanning mitt which was so soft as it has a velvety texture on the tanning side and isn't harsh on the skin like most tanning mitts.
Applying the liquid onto the mitt did prove a little difficult as the product can drip but I found it was easier to apply the product onto the mitt in small amounts each time. The product itself was so easy to apply onto my legs and seemed to work into the skin effortlessly. You see a slight colour change as you're applying it which is great so there are no chances of missing bits. It dried within a couple of minutes which is when I then put some shorts on, got into bed and totally forgot about it.
It wasn't until a couple of hours later I remembered and checked to see the outcome. I WAS SO TANNED! In a good way! There was no streakiness, tan stains on my bedsheets (which are white!) or residue left behind. I was actually so shocked to see how magically tanned I was and more importantly; how good it looked!
I did notice the familiar biscuit smell left on my skin but it wasn't overly overpowering or off-putting. I showered the next day and was impressed how the tan stayed and still remained after a few more showers/baths. OCC claim the tan lasts for 7 days which I agree it does but I did need a good scrub around my ankles the final day, as expected.
If you're looking for a good tan with no streaks or muddiness, I totally recommend OCC. Be sure to follow them on Twitter @OCCOrganic and give them a like on Facebook and help support such a fantastic beauty brand.